Notary Bonds

As ORM has the authority to authorize state agencies to make direct purchases, it has established a procedure which allows state employees to purchase notary bonds directly from the state broker of record.

  • RCW 42.44 requires all individuals applying for a notary certificate in Washington state to file a $10,000 notary public bond with the Department of Licensing prior to their appointment as a notary public.
  • RCW 43.41.310 places the responsibility and authority for the purchase of commercial insurance and bonds for all state agencies with the Office of Risk Management (ORM).

New appointment or renewal of existing notary public appointment

Please note that the process for a new or renewal appointment for a Notary Public will take three to four weeks to process. To expedite the process, it is important that the steps below are followed:

Notary bond


  • Only employees of the state of Washington can issue a Notary Bond and only for yourself as an employee of the state of Washington.
  • Payment can only be made by a state-issued credit card.
  • The cost of the Notary Bond will be $50 and the Bond will be good for a four (4) year period.
  • New and expired Notary Bonds can be processed immediately.
  • Renewal Notary Bonds cannot be issued more than 90 days prior to the renewal effective date.
  • $10,000 Notary Bond includes $5,000 of Errors & Omissions (E&O) coverage.
  • We recommend that ONE person in each office issue all the Notary Bonds for that office.

To start the process -- send an email to requesting access to the website to issue your Notary Bond. Joyce Roberts will send you the website and the current password, along with the step-by-step instructions to issue your Notary Bond.

Once issued, Notary Bonds run the four year term of the Notary, there is no cancellation and no return premium.

If you are in need of a Name Change Rider, contact Joyce Roberts and we will issue the Name Change Rider for you. There is no additional charge for a name change.

Joyce is available by phone to help you with any issues you have in processing your Notary Bond.

Joyce Roberts - 206-204-9175

Notary certificate

Treasury and Treasury Trust Accounts:
Make electronic payment as follows:
Inter-Agency Payment (IAP) Vendor Number: SWV0011175-25
NOTE: Enter the employee's name in the vendor message field
Journal Voucher: Agency 240 and Account 01P
(Journal Voucher should also be sent to Office of the State Treasurer to affect the cash transfer)
Send application and signed bond to:
DOL, Revenue Accounting, Mailstop: 48028

Local Accounts:
Make remittance payable to Department of Licensing

Send application, a copy of the bond, and $40 fee to:

Department of Licensing
P.O. Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

DOL will mail the notary certificate to the employee's address as provided on the application. For questions, contact DOL, Revenue Accounting at 360-902-7414.

Notary stamp

  • After receipt of the notary certificate, you can order your notary stamp via email through
  • Scan your certificate and send a copy via email to Include in your email the type of stamp you want (round—with or without "rope" style outline, or rectangular—with "rope" style outline). Specify ink color: black, red, purple, blue or green. Include your shipping and billing address. You can provide payment information at this time if you wish.
  • If you do not specify, the default style and color will be sent to you. This is the round stamp, without "rope" outline, with black ink. If payment information is not provided, you will be billed.

Applicant signature on the application and bond MUST BE IDENTICAL.

Procedure for name change

  • Send a copy of your current notary certificate, a copy of your current bond and a letter (include current mailing address) requesting a name change to Alliant Insurance Services at the address below.
  • Alliant Insurance Services will procure a rider to the existing notary bond and mail the rider directly to you.
  • Send the rider, along with $15, to the Department of Licensing. Make remittance payable to the Department of Licensing.

Department of Licensing
P.O. Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

The Department of Licensing will send a new notary certificate to you.

  • Order a corrected notary stamp through using the same procedure as noted above.

Procedure for change of address

Send an email showing your previous address and the new address directly to the Department of Licensing at Include your birth date as an identifier. You may also send this information to the address below. There is no charge for a change of address.

Department of Licensing
P.O. Box 9027
Olympia, WA 98507-9027


Joyce Roberts
Account Manager
Public Entity Group
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
720 Olive Way, Suite 1700
Seattle, Washington 98101
Phone: 206-204-9175